An Introduction to Depth Psychology—Produced by James Newell

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This video was screened on Saturday, May 9, 2015 as part of a panel discussion on "What is Depth Psychology?", created and hosted by Depth Psychology Alliance board members: Michael Bogar, Bonnie Bright, Craig Chalquist, Jesse Masterson, Donna May, James Newell (also the filmmaker here!), Brent Potter, Linda Ravenswood, Mark SipowiczWHAT IS DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY?Is depth psychology a science, a mystical pursuit, a way to apply psychological theories and practices toward optimal human wellness and potential? What is the goal of depth psychology? How do YOU describe it to others?This video from James Newell, Ph.D., depth educator/vocal artist/songwriter, and boardmember of Depth Psychology Alliance, traces the origins of depth psychology and examines some of its core tenets, leaving us with an open door to wonder about the future of depth psychology, its relevance for individuals and for our culture, and what might be the spiritual and practical implications of its trajectory.

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  • Here is the quote from Jung that I read at the end of the event for those who have asked:

    "Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart through the world.

    There, in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with a real knowledge of the human soul."


    Source: C. G. Jung, "The psychology of the unconscious: The relations between the ego and the unconscious"

  • Great video! I wish It had existed when I started my program at Pacifica last fall! Still helpful to listen. Thanks!
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